Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS5435939 A
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 08/089,070
Publication dateJul 25, 1995
Filing dateJul 7, 1993
Priority dateJul 7, 1993
Fee statusLapsed
Also published asEP0707444A1, WO1995001723A1
Publication number08089070, 089070, US 5435939 A, US 5435939A, US-A-5435939, US5435939 A, US5435939A
InventorsKolazi S. Narayanan
Original AssigneeIsp Investments Inc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Stable emulsifiable gel matrix and aqueous macroemulsion prepared therefrom
US 5435939 A
What is provided herein is a stable, emulsifiable gel matrix for an agriculturally active chemical, which matrix will form an emulsifiable gel concentrate upon addition of the agriculturally active chemical, and upon water dilution, a highly stable aqueous macroemulsion which avoids precipitation of the active ingredient on extended storage. In addition, the inventive emulsifiable gel concentrates may contain relatively high concentrations of the agriculturally active chemical, the concentration sometimes referred herein to as "loading", making it advantageous from both the economic and handling viewpoints.
Previous page
Next page
What is claimed is:
1. A stable, emulsifiable gel matrix for forming an emulsifiable gel concentrate upon addition of an agriculturally active chemical which, upon dilution with water, will disintegrate rapidly and form a uniform dispersion at high chemical loading, comprising, by weight of the matrix:
(a) 3-25% of an anionic or nonionic surfactant,
(b) 70-80% of a solvent system composed of first and second lactam components to solubilize and disperse the chemical, wherein the first component is a C1 -C4 alkylpyrrolidone and the second component is a C6 -C18 alkylpyrrolidone,
(c) 0.3-1.5% of a hydroxyalkyl cellulose thickening agent,
(d) 1-3% of a high molecular weight polymer selected from the group consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone, a vinylpyrrolidone copolymer, and a half-ester of maleic anhydride-alkyl vinyl ether copolymer, to provide a viscosity enhancer, or disintegration aid, or both, function for the matrix, and
(e) optionally including 0-6% of a polyhydric alcohol or
(f) 0-15% of an organic diluent selected from the group consisting of soybean oil, rapeseed oil, long chain alcohols, long chain ketones, long chain esters, which have 6 or more carbon atoms, and ethers, or both.
2. A gel matrix according to claim 1 wherein: the viscosity is about 700-10,000 cps and the number of inversions to disperse the gel in a 1:50 ratio in water is <100.
3. A stable, emulsifiable gel concentrate comprising: the gel matrix of claim 2, and (g) an agriculturally active chemical.
4. A gel matrix according to claim 1 wherein:
(e) has at least 3 hydroxyl groups, and
(f) is an aromatic organic oil.
5. A stable, emulsifiable gel concentrate comprising: the gel matrix of claim 4 and (g) an agriculturally active chemical.
6. A gel matrix according to claim 1 wherein:
(a) is a nonylphenol ethoxylated phosphate ester,
(b) comprises N-methylpyrrolidone and N-octylpyrrolidone,
(c) is hydroxy propyl cellulose,
(d) is polyvinylpyrrolidone K-120, a copolymer of vinylpyrrolidone and an alkene, or mixtures thereof,
(e) is glycerol, and
(f) includes naphtha and other aromatic oils.
7. A gel concentrate comprising: the gel matrix of claim 6, and (g) an agriculturally active chemical.
8. A stable, emulsifiable gel concentrate comprising: the gel matrix of claim 1, and (g) an agriculturally active chemical.
9. The gel concentrate of claim 8 wherein:
(a) is 0.6-20%,
(b) is 10-70%,
(c) is 0.1-1.2%,
(d) is 0.2-2.5%,
(e) is 0-5%,
(f) is 0-10%, and
(g) is 20-80%.
10. A stable, aqueous macroemulsion comprising: the gel concentrate of claim 8, and dilution water.
11. An aqueous macroemulsion comprising: the gel concentrate of claim 8, and at least 1:50 of dilution water.

1. Field of the Invention

The invention relates to a delivery system for agriculturally active chemicals, and more particularly, the invention relates to a stable emulsifiable gel matrix for difficult to dissolve agricultural chemicals, an emulsifiable gel concentrate with said agricultural chemical, and an aqueous macroemulsion of said concentrate with dilution water.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Agricultural chemicals are most preferably applied in the form of aqueous emulsions, solutions, or suspensions. Occasionally, they may also be applied in the form of a dust wherein the active ingredient is adsorbed onto or mixed with a finely divided inert carrier material, such as, china clay, or the like. With such powdered or dust compositions, drift due to wind is a problem and consequently, liquid formulations are preferred.

One of the problems with such liquid formulations is the fact that chemicals having agricultural activity often exhibit extreme insolubility in water. This results in their having to be dissolved either in organic solvents or utilized in the form of emulsions or suspensions. With respect to the use of organic solvents, these are generally disadvantageous from an environmental and cost viewpoint. Particularly, such organic chemicals may exhibit toxicity or side-effects which may be adverse to the effect of the agricultural chemical itself or to the subsequent fruit or vegetable produced in the particular agricultural use. This toxicity may also be disadvantageous with respect to handling.

When attempts are made to provide emulsified or suspension formulations, difficulties are encountered with respect to providing a desirably high concentration of the agriculturally active ingredient. Thus, when such agriculturally active chemicals are formulated into an emulsion, it is difficult to maintain the emulsified state. This makes it difficult to maintain a uniform formulation, particularly, when the formulation is diluted with water for application to the plants.

Typically, for example, an agriculturally active ingredient is mixed with one or more of a variety of conventional solvents and an emulsifying agent to form an emulsifiable concentrate. This concentrate may be in the form of an emulsion, suspension, or solution. The concentrate is then stored until it is transported to the site of use or may simply be transported and stored at the site of use. In any event, the concentrate normally will undergo some period of storage until it is ready for use. Understandably, it is most desirable to be able to transport the agriculturally active ingredient at the highest concentration possible so as to minimize the volume of material which need be transported. By the same token, however, at the use site, it is normally not feasible to admix ingredients together or to process them other than to dilute the concentrate with water. Accordingly, it is important that the concentrate emulsify easily, i e , exhibit good "bloom", upon the addition of water. In addition, at the use site, it is often necessary to store the diluted concentrate for extended time periods until the actual application to the plants. Consequently, it is important that the diluted form of the concentrate exhibit good stability with respect to the uniformity of the emulsion and to avoid precipitation of the active ingredients. If non-uniformity or precipitation occurs in the diluted form, then non-uniformity will result in the application of the diluted formulation to the plants.

Substantial progress in providing emulsifiable concentrates which avoid the problems of the prior art are disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,071,463, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference. The emulsifiable concentrates of these disclosures all require the presence of a hydrophobic solvent having the following Hansens' solubility parameters: Dispersive component from about 56 to 75%; Polar component from about 8 to 24%; and H-bonding component of from about 10 to 30%.

This second component should also have surfactant properties and act as a non-ionic surfactant with an HLB value ranging from about 2 to 8. Examples of this solvent or component include alkylpyrrolidones having an alkyl portion containing from 6 to 14 carbon atoms, e.g., octylpyrrolidone, dodecylpyrrolidone, or N-(2'-ethylhexylpyrrolidone), alkyl gamma-butyrolactones, alkyl cyclic carbonates and combinations thereof, wherein the alkyl chains contain from 6 to 14 carbon atoms. The alkyl portion may be distributed at one or more sites on the ring so long as one portion contains at least 6 carbon atoms and the total number of alkyl carbon atoms does not exceed 14. For each of the above examples, the 6 to 14 carbon alkyl portions may be straight, branched, or cyclic, with straight chains being preferred. The preferred component or hydrophobic solvent is indicated as being long chain alkyl, and particularly those selected from pyrrolidones having the formula ##STR1## wherein R2 is hydrogen or alkyl having from 6 to 14 carbon atoms and R3 is alkyl having from 6 to 14 carbon atoms with the proviso that at least one of R2 or R3 must contain at least 6 carbon atoms and the sum of the carbon atoms in R2 and R3 cannot exceed 14.

Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to provide a stable, emulsifiable gel matrix for an agriculturally active chemical.

Another object of this invention is to provide an emulsifiable gel concentrate upon addition of the agriculturally active chemical to the gel matrix.

Still another object herein is to provide a stable, aqueous macroemulsion upon dilution of the concentrate with water.

A particular object of the invention is to provide a stable, emulsifiable gel matrix and concentrate which can be readily dispersed in dilution water to form the aqueous macroemulsion.

These and other objects of the invention will be made apprent from the following description of the invention.


What is provided herein is a stable, emulsifiable gel matrix for an agriculturally active chemical, which matrix will form an emulsifiable gel concentrate upon addition of the agriculturally active chemical, and upon water dilution, a highly stable aqueous macroemulsion which avoids precipitation of the active ingredient on extended storage. In addition, the inventive emulsifiable gel concentrates may contain relatively high concentrations of the agriculturally active chemical, the concentration sometimes referred herein to as "loading", making it advantageous from both the economic and handling viewpoints.

More particularly, the stable emulsifiable gel matrix of the present invention is composed of a surfactant to provide both dispersing and wetting functions for the agriculturally active chemical, a solvent system composed of a first lactam component having a sufficiently high hydrophilic property to solubilize the agriculturally active chemical, and a second lactam component which is a hydrophobic solvent, and mixtures thereof, and a thickening agent, a high molecular weight polymer to function as either a viscosity enhancer or a disintegration aid, or both, for the gel concentrate; optionally including an organic diluent and a polyhydric alcohol.

A preferred gel matrix for forming a gel for concentrate a herbicide, insecticide or fungicide as the agricultural chemical, includes an anionic or nonionic surfactant, a C1 -C4 alkylpyrrolidone as the solubilizing first lactam solvent, a C6 -C18 alkylpyrrolidone as the hydrophobic second lactam solvent, a hydroxy alkyl cellulose as the thickening agent, and a high molecular weight polyvinylpyrrolidone, or vinylpyrrolidone copolymer, or maleic acid ester-alkyl vinyl ether copolymer as the viscosity enhancer and/or disintegration aid.

Preferably the stable gel concentrate of the invention has a viscosity of ≧5,000 cps.

Upon dilution of the gel concentrate with water, an aqueous macroemulsion is formed which can be applied directly to plants.


The first lactam component of the solvent system of the gel matrix has a high hydrophilic property which is particularly suitable for forming a stable, emulsifiable gel matrix and concentrate. Typical examples include alkylpyrrolidones having from 1 to 4 carbon atoms in the alkyl group. Mixtures of these may also be used as the first component.

Accordingly, the first lactam component of the solvent system is selected from the group consisting of pyrrolidones having the formula ##STR2## wherein R is hydrogen or lower alkyl having from 1 to 4 carbon atoms and R1 is lower alkyl having from 1 to 4 carbon atoms. A preferred compound is N-methyl-pyrrolidone.

Examples of appropriate hydrophobic lactam solvents in the emulsifiable gel matrix and concentrate herein include alkylpyrrolidones having an alkyl portion containing from 6 to 18 carbon atoms, e.g., octyl-pyrrolidone, iso-octylpyrrolidone, dodecylpyrrolidone, or N-(2'-ethylhexylpyrrolidone), and mixtures thereof, wherein the alkyl chains contain from 6 to 18 carbon atoms. The alkyl portion may be distributed at one or more sites on the ring so long as one portion contains at least 6 carbon atoms and the total number of alkyl carbon atoms does not exceed 18. Preferred 6 to 18 carbon alkyl portions are composed of straight chains. Branched or cyclic alkyl portions may also be used.

Accordingly, the hydrophobic lactam solvent is preferably selected from pyrrolidones having the formula ##STR3## wherein R2 is hydrogen or alkyl having from 6 to 14 carbon atoms and R3 is alkyl having from 6 to 14 carbon atoms with the proviso that at least one of R2 or R3 must contain at least 6 carbon atoms and the sum of the carbon atoms in R2 and R3 cannot exceed 18.

The inventive gel matrix also contains a surfactant which is generally selected on a case by case basis in order to optimize the solubility and stability of the emulsion. Anionic and nonionic surfactants are preferred. Typically, such surfactants include ethoxylated alkyl phenols, linear aliphatic polyesters, linear aromatic polyesters, polyethoxylated alcohols, linear aliphatic ethoxylates, polyethoxylated castor oil, polyethoxylated carboxylates, and polyethoxylated alkylamines. Anionic surfactants include phosphate esters and their salts, alkyl sulfonamides, salts of sulfated nonylphenoxypoly(ethyleneoxy) ethanol, salts of alkylbenzene sulfonates, also of alkylnaphthalene sulfonate, and sulfonated aliphatic polyesters and their salts. Also suitable are complex phosphate esters of nonionic surfactants of the ethylene oxide type which are mixtures of diesters of phosphoric acid. (See, for example, McCutcheon's, Emulsifiers and Detergent (1989), published by McCutcheon's Division of M.C. Publishing Co., Glen Rock, N.J.)

Representative nonionic surfactants include:

Alkylphenol ethoxylated alcohol having an HLB ≧6, e.g., nonylphenol ethoxylated alcohol with 9 EOs--(Igepal® CO-630); and

Ethylene oxide (EO)/propylene oxide (PO)/EO block copolymers, e.g., (2 EO/16 PO12 EO-H2 O--(Pegale® L-31).

Representative anionic surfactant include nonylphenol ethoxylated phosphate esters with 9 EOs--(Gafac® RE-610).

The emulsifiable gel matrix of the invention also includes a thickening agent such as a hydroxy alkyl cellulose, e.g. Klucel®, to provide a matrix having a viscosity of about 700-10,000 cps.

Another essential component of the emulsifiable gel matrix is a viscosity enhancer and/or a disintegration aid, suitably a high molecular weight polymer, e.g. polyvinylpyrrolidone, a vinylpyrrolidone-alkene copolymer, e.g. Ganex® (ISP), or a half-ester (methylethyl or butyl) of maleic anhydride and an alkyl vinyl ether copolymer, e.g. Gantrez® (ISP).

The emulsifiable gel matrix also may include optionally a polyhydric alcohol, such as glycerol.

The inventive gel matrix optionally may include an organic diluent which suitably is a synthetic or naturally occurring oil having a high hydrophobic character or having a fractional dispersive solubility parameter of greater than 70% and preferably greater than 85% and a molar volume of greater than 90 cm3 /mole.

These properties are defined in the C.R.C. Handbook referred to hereinabove. Typical diluents include soybean oil, rapeseed oil, long chain alcohols, long chain ketones, long chain esters, and ethers. As used herein, "long chain" means with 6 or more carbon atoms. Also suitable as the organic diluent are aromatic petroleum oils including those which are commercially available distillates from crude oils having an average boiling point greater than 200° C. Typical of such materials are those sold under the trademarks Exxon 200 or Texaco 400. Of course, such aromatic petroleum oils should be approved for use as a carrier for agriculturally active chemicals.

The composition of the aromatic petroleum oil is generally:

Heavy aromatic solvent naphtha--about 60%;

Middle distillate solvent extractant--about 40%.

Normally, these oils contain predominantly the C9 -C15 aromatic hydrocarbons and primarily the C10 -C12 hydrocarbons having a flash point of about 203° F.

The agriculturally active chemical then is added to the matrix to form the gel concentrate. The concentration of the chemical should be as high as possible so long as it does not precipitate out upon dilution of the concentrate with water for a reasonable period of time and achieves the desired effect. Precipitation (crystal formation) on standing not only depletes the solution of chemical, it can also lead to fouling of application equipment, i.e., sprayers, etc. With the present invention, it is possible to obtain concentrates with agriculturally active chemical concentrations in excess of about 5 weight percent which form a stable emulsion upon being diluted with water. Preferably, the amount of chemical is from 5 to 30% and, most preferably, 10 to 20%. As used herein, all percents are percents by weight based on the total weight of the composition, unless otherwise specified.

AS used herein, the term "agriculturally active chemical" includes compounds and mixtures thereof which can be used as agricultural fertilizers, nutrients, plant growth accelerants, herbicides, plant growth controlling chemicals, and chemicals which are effective in killing plants, insects, microorganisms, fungi, bacteria and the like which are commonly referred to as insecticides, bactericides, fungicides, nematocides, fumigants, and the like, as well as any other chemicals having properties which are suitable for agricultural uses in terms of application to plants or animals or domestic uses for controlling insects and pests. Particularly, such chemicals would normally take the form of water-immiscible or oily liquids and/or solids which is substantially insoluble in water. By the term "substantially insoluble", it is meant that for all practical purposes, the solubility of the compound in water is insufficient to make the compound practicably usable in an agricultural end use without some modifications either to increase its solubility or dispersability in water, so as to increase the compound's bioavailability or avoid the use of excessively large volumes of solvent.

Agricultural chemicals normally take the form of water-immiscible or oily liquids and/or solids. Suitable agriculturally active chemicals which can be used with the present invention include insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. Typical insecticides include cyclocompounds, carbamates, animal and plant derivatives, synthetic pyrethroids, diphenyl compounds, non-phosphates, organic phosphates, thiophosphates, and dithiophosphates. (See Agricultural Chemicals, Book I, Insecticides, 1989 Revision by W. T. Thomson, Thomson Publications.) Typical of the insecticides are:

______________________________________cyclocompounds:          6,7,8,9,10,10-hexachloro-          1,5,5a,6,9,9a-hexahydro-6,9-methano-          2,4,3-benzodioxathiepin-3-oxide          benzo-diooxathiepin-3-oxidecarbamates:    2-isopropyl phenyl-N-methyl          carbamate;          2-(1,3-dioxolan-2yl) phenylmethyl          carbamate;          2,3-isopropylidine dioxyphenyl methyl          carbamate;animal and plant          chlorinated hydrocarbons derivedderivatives:   from Southern pine; naturally          occurring lactone glycoside;synthetic      (±) alpha-cyano-3-phenoxybenzyl (±)pyrethroids:   cis, trans 3-(2,2-dichlorovinyl)-          2,2-dimethyl cyclopropane          carboxylate;          (±) cyano (3-phenoxyphenyl methyl          (±)-4-(difluoromethyoxy) alpha-(1-          methylethyl) benzene acetate;          D-allethrin          permethrin          tetramethrin          cypermethrin          piperonyl butoxide (synergist)phenoxy compounds          2,2-bis(p-methoxy phenyl)-and non-phosphate:          1,1,1,trichloroethane; 1,3,5,tri-n-          propyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6          (1H,3H,5H) trione;          ethyl (2E, 4E)-3,7,11-trimethyl- 2,4-          dodeca dienoate:          1-decycloxy 4-[(7-oxa-oct-4-ynyl)]-          oxybenzene;organic        dimethyl phosphate ester ofphosphates:    3-hydroxy-N,N-dimethyl-cis-          crotonamide;          2-chloro-1-(2,4-dichloro phenyl)          vinyl diethylphosphate;          4-(methyl thio) phenyl dipropyl          phosphate;thiophosphates:          0,0-diethyl-0-4-nitrophenyl          phosphorothioate;          0,0-diethyl-0-(2,isopropyl-6- methyl-          5-pyrimidinyl) phosphorothioate;          2-diethylamino-6-methyl pyrimidine-4-          yl dimethyl phosphorothioate;dithiophosphates:          0,0-dimethyl phosphorodithioate ester          of diethylmercapto succinate;          0-ethyl-S-phenyl ethyl          phosphorodithioate.______________________________________

Typical herbicides include phenoxy compounds, benzoic, acetic, and phthalic acids, aniline derivatives, nitriles, amides, acetamides, anilides, carbamates, thiocarbamates, and heterocyclic nitrogen derivatives, e.g. triazines, pyridines, pyridazones, picolinic acid, and urea derivates and phosphates. (See Agricultural Chemicals, Book II, Herbicides, 1986-87 Edition, W. T. Thomson, Thomson Publications, Fresno, Calif. 93791.) Exemplary of the above compounds are:

______________________________________phenoxy compounds:         2,4-Dichlorophenoxy acetic acid         2,4,5-trichloro phenoxyacetic         acid;         4-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy) butyric         acid;         S-ethyl 2 methyl-4-chlorophenoxy-         thioacetate;         2-methyl-4-chloro-phenoxy acetic         acid;         methyl 5-(2,4-dichloro-phenoxy)-2-         nitrobenzoate;benzoic and acetic         3,6-dichloro-o-anisic acidacids of phthalic         4-chloro-2-oxo benzothiazolin-3-ylcompounds:    acetic acid;         N-1-Naphthyl-phthalamic acid;nitriles and aniline         3-5-dibromo-4-hydroxybenzo-derivatives:  nitrile;         α,α,α,trifluoro-2,6-dinitro-N,         N-dipropyl-p-tolinidine;         N-(1-ethylpropyl)-2,6-dinitro-3,4-         xylidine;amides, acetamides,         N,N-diethyl-2-(1-naphthalenylanilides:     oxy)-propionamide;         2,6-dimethyl-N-2' methoxy-ethyl-         chloro-acetanilide;         3',4'-dichloro-propionanilide;         α-chloracetic-N-(3,5,5-trimethyl-         cyclohexen-1-yl)-N-isopropylamide;         4-benzyl-N-isopropyl trimethyl         acetamide;thiocarbamates:         S-Ethyl dipropyl thiocarbanate;urea derivatives:         3-(5-tert-butyl-3-isoxazoyl)-1,1-         dimethyl urea;         N-(2,6-trifluoro-benzoyl)-N'-[2,5-         dichloro-4-(1,1,2,3,3,3-         hexafluoropropyloxy) phenyl] urea;pyrrolidone   1-(m-trifluoro methyl phenyl)-3-derivatives:  chloro-4-chloromethyl-2-pyrroli-         done;amino acid    methyl N-benzoyl-N-(3-chloro-4-derivatives:  fluorophenyl)-DL alarinate;         N-chloroacetyl-N-(2,6-diethyl         phenyl)-glycine ethyl ester;carbamates:   Isopropyl-m-chlorocarbanilate;         3-Ethoxy (carbonyl aminophenyl)-N-         phenyl carbamate;heterocyclics:         4-amino-3,5-dichloro-6-fluoro-2-         pyridyloxy acetic acid;         4-(1,2-Dimethyl-N-propyl amino)-2-         ethyl amino-6-methyl thio-S-         triazine;         2-[4,5-dihydro 4-methyl-4-(1-         methyl ethyl)-5-oxo-1 H-imidazoyl-         2yl-3-pyridinecarboxylic acid;         2-[3,5-dichlorophenyl)-2-(2,2,2-         trichloroethyl) oxinane;         Butyl-9-hydro-fluorene-(9)-         carboxylate;         2-[1-(ethoxy imino) butyl]-3-         hydroxy-5-(2H-tetra hydro thio-         pyran-3-yl)-2-cyclohexene-ione;         2-(2 chlorophenyl) methyl-4,4-         dimethyl-3-iso oxazolidinone;phosphates:   0-ethyl-0-(3-methyl-6-nitro         phenyl) N-sec-butyl phosphoro thio         amidate.______________________________________

Typical fungicides include (See Agricultural Chemicals, Book IV, Fungicides, 1989 Revision, W. T. Thomson, Thomson Publications, Fresno, Calif. 93791):

______________________________________organic compounds:          2,5-dimethyl-N-Cyclohexyl-N-          methoxy-3-furan carboxamide;          5-Ethyoxy-3-trichloromethyl-1,2,4-          thiadiazole;          3-(2-methyl piperidino) propyl          3,4-dichlorobenzoate;          N,N'-(1,4-piperazinediyl bis          (2,2,2-trichloro) ethylidene) bis          formamide;          Tetramethyl thiuram disulfide;          0-Ethyl-S,S,diphenyl-dithiophos-          phate;          5,10-dihydro-5,10-dioxo naphtho          (2,3,9)-p-dithiin-2,3-dicarbo-          nitrile;          2-(Thiocyano methyl thio) benzo-          thiazole;          α-2-(4-chlorophenyl) ethyl]-α-          (1,1-dimethyl ethyl)-1H-1,2,4-          triazole-1-ethanol;morpholines:   N-tridecyl-2,6-dimethyl          morpholine;          4-N-dodecyl-2,6-dimethyl          morpholine;______________________________________

Typical fumigants, growth regulators, repellants, and rodenticides include (See Agricultural Chemicals, Book III, Fumigants, 1988-1989 Revision, W. T. Thomson, Thomson Publications, Fresno, Calif. 93791):

______________________________________growth regulants:          1,2 Dihydro-6-ethyoxy-2,2,4-tri-          methylquinoline;          (2-chloroethyl) phosphoric acid;          4-[acetamino) methyl]-2-chloro-N          (2,6-diethyl phenyl acetamide;          Benzoic acid, 3,6 dichloro-2-          methoxy,2-ethoxy-1-methyl-2-oxo          ethyl ester;repellants:    0,0-dimethyl-0-[(4-methyl thio)-m-          tolyl]phosphorothioate;          Tetriary butyl-sulfenyl dimethyl          dithio carbamate;seed softener: 2-chloro-6-(trichlomethyl)          pyridine;          5-ethoxy-3-trichloromethyl-1,2,4-          thiadiazole;          N-phenyl-N'-1,2,3-thiadiazol-5-yl          urea;______________________________________

Pesticides may be characterized by their physical properties, depending on their physical state at normal or ambient conditions, i.e., between 40° F. and 90° F. and their solubility or miscibility with water or other common organic solvents, e.g., aromatics, such as, toluene, xylene, methylated and polyalkylated naphthalenes, and aliphatic solvents.

Based on the physical properties, the pesticides may be classified into two groups. The first group includes those which are oily liquids at ambient temperatures and are immiscible with water. Specific pesticides include:

Common esters of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid,

Common esters of 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid,

Common esters of 2-(2,4-trichlorophenoxy) propionic acid,

Common esters of 2-(2,4,5-trichlorophenozy) propionic acid,

Common esters of 2,4-dichlorobutyric acid,

Common esters of 2,methoxy-3,6-dichlorobenzoic acid,

Common esters of 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid,

Piperonyl butoxide 3,4-methylenedioxy-6-propyl benzyl n-butyl diethylene glycol ether,

Bromophos ethyl: 0,0-diethyl-0-2,5-dichloro-4-bromophenyl thionophosphate,

N-(2-mercaptoethyl) benzene-sulfenamide (BETASAN®),

Isobornyl Thiocyanoacetate (Thanite®),

Ioxynil ester of octanoic acid,

Molinate S-ethyl hexahydro-1H -azepine-1-carbothioate,

PP 511 0,0-dimethyl-(2-diethylamine 4-methyl-6-pyrimidinyl) carbamate,

PP 211 0,0-diethyl 0-(2-diethylamine-4-methyl-6-pyrimidinyl) phosphorocarbamate,


5-Ethoxy-3-(trichlorometyl)-1,2,4-thiadiazole (TERRAZALE®),

Ethyl-s-s-dipropyl-phosphodithioate (MOCAP®),

S-Ethyl dipropylthiocarbamate (EPTAM®),

S-Ethyl diisobutylthiocarbamate (SUTAN®),

S-n. propyl-di-n-propylthiocarbamate (VERNAM®),

S-propyl butylethylthiocarbamatae (TILLAM®),

S-ethyl ethylcyclohexylthiocarbamate (RO-NEET®),

Malathion (S-(1,2-dicarboxyethyl)-0,0-dimethyl phosphorodithioate),

Diazinon (0,0-diethyl,0-(2-isopropyl-4-methyl-6-pyrimidinyl) phosphorothioate,

O-Ethyl-S-phenyl-ethylphosphonodithioate (DYFONATE®),

Toxaphene (Octachlorocamphene),

Bromoxynil (3,5-dibromo-4-hydroxy benzonitrile ester of n.octanoic acid,

2-chloro-N-2,6-diethylphenyl-N-methoxymethylacetamide (LASSO®),

Diallate S-2,3-dichloroallyl N,N-diisopropylthiolcarbamate,

Triallate S-2,33-trichloroallyl N,N-diisopropylthiolcarbamate.

The second group comprises those pesticides which are solids at ambient temperatures and for all practical purposes, insoluble in water.

2,4,5-T (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxy acetic acid)

Monuron (3-(p-chlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethyl urea)

Diuron (3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-l,1-dimethyl urea)

Bromacil (5 bromo-3-sec. butyl-6-methyl uracil)

Isocil (5 bromo-3-isopropyl-6-methyl uracil)

Linuron (3-(3,4 dichlorophenyl)-1-methoxy-1 methyl urea

Atrazine (2-chloro-4-ethylamino-6 isopropylamino-s-triazine) Simazine (2-chloro-4,6,-bis (ethylamino)-s-triazine

Dodine (n-dodecylguanidine acetate)

Thiram (tetramethylthiuram disulfide)

N-(mercaptomethyl)phthalimide s-(o,o dimethylphosphorodithioate) (IMIDAN®)

Lindane (gamma 1,2,3,4,5,6 hexachlorocyclohexane)

Folpet (N-trichloromethylphthalimide)

Manazon (s-(4,6-diamino-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl methyl)dimethyl phosphorothiolthionate)

Barban (4-chloro-2 butynyl m-chlorocarbanilate)

Tricumba 2-methoxy-3,5,6-trichlorobenzoic acid

Trifluralin (2,6-dinitro-N,N-dipropyl-4-trifluoromethylamiline) (2,3 dihydro-5-carboxanilido-6-methyl-1,4-oxathiin) (VITAVAX®)

2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid

4-(4-chloro-2 methylphenoxy) butyric acid

2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy) propionic acid

Ioxynil: 3,5 diiodo-4-hydroxybenzonitrile

Bromoxynil: 3,5 dibromo-4-hydroxybenzonitrile

Methoxychlor: 2,2,-Bis(p-methoxyphenyl)-1,1-trichloroethane

PP 781:4 (2-chloro phenylhydrazono)-3-methyl-5-isoxazolone*

PP 675:5-butyl-2-dimethylamino-4-hydroxy-6-methyl pyrimidine*

PP 062:5,6-dimethyl-2-dimethylamino-4 pyrimidinyl dimethylcarbamate*

PP 149:5-n-butyl-2 ethylamino-4-hydroxy-6 methylpyrimidine*

* Manufactured by Imperial Chemical Industries Limited

C 6313 N'-(4-bromo-3-chlorophenyl)-N-methoxy-N-methylurea

C 6989 2,4'dinitro-4-trifluoromethyl-diphenylether

Chloroxuron N'-4-(chlorophenoxy) phenyl-NN-dimethylurea

Dichlobenil 2,6-dichlorobenzonitrile

Diphenamid NN-dimethyl-2,2-diphenylacetamide

Fenac 2,3,6-trichlorophenylacetic acid

Fluometuron N'-(3-trifluoromethylphenyl)-NN-dimethylurea

GS 14260 4-ethylamino-2-methylthio-6-t-butyl-amino-1,3,5-triazine

PCP Pentachlorophenol

Lenacil 3-cyclohexyl-6,7-dihydro-1H-cyclo-pentapyrimidine-2,4-(3H,5H)-dione

Pyrazon 5-amino-4-chloro-2-phenyl-3-pyridazone

Metrobromuron N'-(4-bromophenyl)-N-methoxy-N-methylurea

Metoxymarc N-(4-methoxybenzoyl)-N-(3,4 -dichlorophenyl)-N', N'-dimethylurea

Neburon N-butyl-N'-(3,4-dichlorophenyl-N-methylurea

NIA 11092 1,1-dimethyl-3-[3-(n-t-butyl carbamyloxy)phenyl] urea

Mecoprop 2-(4-chloro-2 methylphenoxy)propionic acid

Monolinuron N'-(4-chlorophenyl)-N-methoxy-N-methylurea

Nitrofen 2,4-dichlorphenyl 4-nitrophenylether

Propanil N-(3,4-dichlororphenyl)propionamide

Pyriclor 2,3,5-trichloro-4-pyridinol

Solan 3'-chloro-2-methyl-p-valerotoluidide

Terbacil 5-chloro-3-t-butyl-6-methyluracil

UC 22463 (SIRMATE)-3,4-dichlorobenzyl N-methylcarbamate

WL 9385 2-Azido-4-ethylamino-6-t-butylamino-s-triazine

Propachlor 2-chloro-N-isopropylacetanilide

CP 50144 2-chloro-N-2,6-diethylphenyl-N-methoxymethylacetamide

CP 31675 2-chloro-N-(2 methyl-6-t-butylphenyl) acetamide

Cypromid 3',4'-dichlorocyclopropane carboxanilide

Fenuron NN-dimethyl-N'phenylurea

Chlorbromuron N'-(4-bromo-3-chlorophenyl)-N-methoxy-N-methylurea

Ametryne 2-methylmercapto-4-ethylamino-6-isopropyl-amino-s-triazine

Prometryne 2-methylmercapto-4,6-bisisopropyl amino-s-triazine

DCPA dimethyl 2,3,5,6, tetrachloroterephthalate

Benefin N-butyl-N-ethyl-2,2,2-trifluoro-2,6-dinitro-p-toluidine

Nitralin 2,6-dinitro-4-methylsulfonyl-NN-dipropyl-aniline

PP 493 2,6-difluoro-3,5-dichloro-4-hydroxy pyridine

CNP 2,4,6-trichlorophenyl-4'-nitrophenyl ether

Pentachloro nitrobenzine

1-(butile carbamoyl)-2-benzimidazol carbamic acid, methyl ester (BENLATE®)]

______________________________________COMPOSITION OF STABLE, EMULSIFIABLE GELMATRIX AND CONCENTRATEComponent      Matrix     Concentrate (%)______________________________________(a) Surfactant      3-25      0.6-20(b) Solvent System 70-80      10-70(c) Thickening Agent              0.3-1.5    0.1-1.2(d) Viscosity Enhancer/              1-3        0.2-2.5    Disintegration Aid(e) Polyhydric Alcohol              0-6        0-5(f) Organic Diluent               0-15       0-10(g) Agriculturally --         20-80    Active Chemical    η Cps        700-10,000                          5,000-20,000    # of Inversions              <100       <200    to disperse in    1:50 in water______________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________EXAMPLES OF STABLE, EMULSIFIABLE GELCONCENTRATES OF INVENTION         Example No.Component     1   2   3   4   5   6   7__________________________________________________________________________(a)  Surfactant  Gafac ® RE-610 (ISP)         4.7 8.6 4.7 8.7 8.7 8.9 8.9(b)  Solvent System  N-Methylpyrrolidone         20.8             20.1                 20.8                     20.2                         20.2                             20.7                                 20.7  N-Octylpyrrolidone         20.8             10.1                 20.8                     10.1                         10.2                             10.3                                 10.3(c)  Thickening Agent  Hydroxy Propyl         0.25             0.5 0.25                     0.35                         0.25                             0.25                                 0.25  Cellulose(d)  Viscosity Enhancer/  Disintegration Aid  Ganex ® P 904         1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 --  PVP K-120   --  --  --  --  --  --  1.0(e)  Polyhydric Alcohol  Glycerol    2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 1.5 1.5(f)  Organic Diluent  Exxon Aro 200         0   7.2 0   7.2 7.2 7.4 7.4(g)  Agriculturally  Active Chemical  Atrazine    (20.5)             50  50  50  50  50  50  Aatrax ® (Ciba-Geigy)         50  --  --  --  --  --  --  Total       100 100 100 100 100 100 100  η cps >5000__________________________________________________________________________

The above concentrates were stable gels with the appearance of a thick paste.

When diluted with water at a concentration of 0.8-1.0 g. in 50 g. of water, stable, uniform dispersions were produced upon rapid disintegration, e.g. within 14-76 inversions. The quality of the dispersions were comparable to commercial Aatrax® (Ciba-Geigy) flowable agricultural compositions after standing for 11/2 to 21/2 hours.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4002456 *Mar 3, 1975Jan 11, 1977U.S. Philips CorporationPlant-growth promoting agent which is provided with trace elements and which is suited for use in ultra-low-volume applications
US4007258 *Sep 10, 1973Feb 8, 1977Union CorporationZein, hydrophilic polymer
US4502975 *Sep 29, 1982Mar 5, 1985New Japan Chemical Co., Ltd.Water pollution control
US4762718 *Apr 20, 1987Aug 9, 1988Fearing Manufacturing Co., Inc.Sustained release
US5002938 *Mar 15, 1989Mar 26, 1991Bristol-Myers Squibb CompanyFungicide, Steroid, Alcohol and Diol and/or Triol Solvent, Hydroxyalkyl Cellulose
US5071463 *Dec 11, 1989Dec 10, 1991Isp Investments Inc.Stable, emulsifiable concentrate of an herbicide and pyrrolido ne derivative; dispersibility
US5139152 *Jun 11, 1991Aug 18, 1992Rhone-Poulenc Ag CompanyWater dispersible gel formulations
US5266590 *Nov 19, 1992Nov 30, 1993Isp Investments Inc.Polyol
US5283229 *Jul 5, 1991Feb 1, 1994Isp Investments Inc.Delivery system for agricultural chemicals
US5294644 *Feb 12, 1991Mar 15, 1994Isp Investments Inc.Surface active lactams
US5317042 *Sep 30, 1992May 31, 1994Isp Investments Inc.Water-based microemulsion formulations
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US5672353 *Dec 19, 1995Sep 30, 1997Isp Investments Inc.Microemulsion stabilized with water insoluble alkyl vinyl ether/organic diacid half-ester addition copolymer dissolved in nonaqueous solvent; storage stability
US5679366 *Jun 7, 1995Oct 21, 1997Isp Investments Inc.Insertion complex; hydrogen bonding
US5733478 *Sep 24, 1996Mar 31, 1998Gowan CompanyHeat resistant pesticides with metasystox
US6541516 *Sep 14, 2001Apr 1, 2003Isp Investments Inc.Containing a heavy aromatic petroleum distillate; an N-C8-18 alkyllactam; and either an alkylated castor oil or a tristyrylphenol ethoxylate
US7125994 *Jul 15, 2005Oct 24, 2006Panagene, Inc.PNA monomer and precursor
US7145006 *Jul 15, 2005Dec 5, 2006Panagene, Inc.PNA monomer and precursor
US7211668 *Apr 6, 2004May 1, 2007Panagene, Inc.PNA monomer and precursor
US7695818 *Aug 10, 2005Apr 13, 20103M Innovative Properties Companya silicone tackifying resin; polydiorganosiloxane polyurea copolymer that is the reaction product of a polydiorganosiloxane polyamine and a polyisocyanate; a permanent plasticizer chosen from glycol ethers, esters, alcohols, hydrocarbons, ketones, amines and oils( for improving adhesion)
US8110538Jan 11, 2006Feb 7, 2012Biomed Protect, LlcPeracid/peroxide composition and use thereof as an anti-microbial and a photosensitizer
WO1997022247A1 *Sep 12, 1996Jun 26, 1997Isp Investments IncStabilized agchemical concentrate and use thereof
WO1999019384A1 *Oct 9, 1998Apr 22, 1999Isp Investments IncAqueous, flowable suspension concentrate of an agriculturally active chemical, and sprayable use formulation thereof
WO2003024229A1 *Aug 2, 2002Mar 27, 2003Isp Investments IncWater miscible emulsions of pyrethroid insecticides or triazole fungicides
U.S. Classification516/57, 424/409, 516/902, 252/363.5, 516/102, 424/418, 514/965, 514/941, 504/366, 514/944, 504/361
International ClassificationB01J13/00, A01N25/04
Cooperative ClassificationY10S516/902, Y10S514/965, Y10S514/941, Y10S514/944, A01N25/04, B01J13/0052
European ClassificationB01J13/00D, A01N25/04
Legal Events
Oct 5, 1999FPExpired due to failure to pay maintenance fee
Effective date: 19990725
Jul 25, 1999LAPSLapse for failure to pay maintenance fees
Feb 16, 1999REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
Jul 7, 1993ASAssignment
Effective date: 19930625